Posted Mar 20

Social Worker-Program Staff-Horticulture Unit

New York, NY, United States Full Time

Position: Social Worker-Program Staff-Horticulture Unit

Reports To: Unit Leader

Company Background

Fountain House successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. We were founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery. Each year, over 1,300 members come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.

Fountain House creates a culture that transforms lives. Our members, in partnership with staff, operate employment, education, housing and wellness programs. They perform all activities, including advocacy, administrative support, building maintenance and food preparation that keep our community going. Members hold jobs, graduate from schools, develop social networks and experience fewer hospitalizations and improved overall health. Increased fulfillment, sense of purpose, and stability inevitably follow.

Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually. In 2014, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recognized our global reach and the efficacy of our evidence-based model with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

Job Functions:

  • Work alongside members on the tasks of the Horticulture Unit which include flower arranging, decorating the building for various holidays and special events, and other hands-on creative projects.
  • Assist community members with case management.
  • Build community within the membership.
  • Facilitate and implement team projects.
  • Engage members in the work of the community as part of Fountain House’s rehabilitative model.
  • Actively participate in the maintenance of the unit and Fountain House in general.
  • Assist and support members in their educational and vocational goals.
  • Develop and coordinate creative projects to increase involvement in the community.
  • Facilitate unit meetings.
  • Master’s degree required.
  • Ability to create and implement innovative projects and think outside the box.
  • Attention to detail and interest in crafts and design.
  • Positive, energetic, dynamic and engaging personality.
  • Flexibility, as demonstrated by interchangeability with other staff on the unit, staying late or arriving early, if necessary to fulfill unit or member needs.
  • Working knowledge of mental illness.
  • Experience working in a community setting.
  • Non-clinical, community approach.
  • Driver's License preferred.

Other Requirements or Preferred Characteristics:

Skills: Ability to work as part of a team, engagement, creative thinking, writing, computer and inter-personal skills required.

Salary: $42K - $45K


  • Paid Time Off and Ten (10) Paid Holidays
  • Paid Bereavement Leave
  • Medical, dental and vision plans (contribution towards premium required)
  • Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Whole Life Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Disability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Pension Plan
  • Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

Additional Application Instructions

To apply for this position, you must view website at If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter via e-mail to, or fax to 646-395-7391. NO PHONE CALLS. EEO

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